Attempting to cement themselves as a competition heavyweight, the Salford City Reds have continued their steady recruitment drive, signing New Zealand Warriors forward Steve Rapira on a 2-year deal.
Rapira, who was initially a part of the North Queensland Cowboys inaugural U20’s side in 2008 spent two seasons in Townsville, before a move back to New Zealand where he had the chance to play alongside his brother, Steve.
Injuries have not been too kind for Rapira, however, and as a result, he has only played in 14 games in three NRL seasons but the club was pleased with the way that Rapira conducted himself during that time.
â€œSteve has been a model professional throughout,â€ said Warriors General Manager of Football Operations, Dean Bell.
â€œThe bad luck he has had with injuries Priligy has been unbelievable but he has still had a fantastic attitude despite spending so long on the sideline.
â€œWe would have loved things to turn out a lot better for Steve and wish him and his family all the best in England.â€
Although disappointed that he could not play more games for the Warriors, Rapira knew that football is like that sometimes and as the new chapter in his career begins, it is one that he looks forward to.
â€œThatâ€™s football. Thatâ€™s the way it works out sometimes,â€ he said.
â€œWhile I havenâ€™t played as much football as I would have liked here I love it at this club. Itâ€™s been a great experience but now Iâ€™m looking forward to testing myself in England, getting myself right and playing football again.â€